Drawn into the Present

14 Dec 2023-9 Feb 2024
PV 14 Dec 2023, 6-8pm

Thaddaeus Ropac
London W1S 4NJ


Bringing together portraits from the 20th century to the present day, this group exhibition traces a line through the varied approaches taken by artists to depict their subjects on paper. In contrast to the anatomical focus of figure studies, portraits often go beyond the body to offer a glimpse of the inner life of the person portrayed. From large-scale close-ups of faces to reimaginings of art-historical portraits and intimate renditions of loved ones, the works on view reflect the diverse ways in which portraits might capture the breadth of human experience in ink, pencil, charcoal and paint.

Placing historical portraits alongside new works made for the exhibition, Drawn into the Present: Portraits on Paper brings together works by Georg Baselitz, Joseph Beuys, Adrian Ghenie, David Hockney, Alex Katz, Robert Longo, Bjarne Melgaard, Paul P., Elizabeth Peyton, Francis Picabia, Robert Rauschenberg, Raqib Shaw, Sturtevant, Banks Violette, Andy Warhol and Yan Pei-Ming.